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Xochitl Torres Small, center, the USDA's under secretary for rural development, participates in a roundtable discussion Aug. 15 at Total Highspeed in Nixa.
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Xochitl Torres Small, center, the USDA's under secretary for rural development, participates in a roundtable discussion Aug. 15 at Total Highspeed in Nixa.

Total Highspeed hosts broadband roundtable with federal officials

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Total Highspeed LLC this week hosted a broadband roundtable discussion with federal officials visiting its operation in Nixa.

In attendance Aug. 15 were Xochitl Torres Small, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for rural development; Kyle Wilkens, the USDA's Missouri state director for rural development; Total Highspeed leaders; and staff from both organizations, according to a news release.

Total Highspeed has been the recipient of nearly $90 million in USDA ReConnect funding to expand rural broadband in the area.

"Success is only achievable with partners like you," Torres Small told roundtable participants, according to the release. “High-speed internet connects people and businesses to new markets and helps people in rural America build brighter futures."

Earlier this month, Torres Small announced a fourth round of funding would be provided through the ReConnect program. The USDA will provide up to $700 million in grants, up to $300 million in loan/grant combinations and up to $150 million in loans.

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